Nairobi’s new Terminal 2 starts test phase


(Posted 02nd April 2015)

Progress can finally be reported about the new Terminal 2 at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, which anticipated opening at the beginning of March had to be delayed to complete pending work.

Yesterday did the new temporary terminal as it was known during the assembly stage process its first commercial flight according to airport sources.

South African Airways flight SA184 was the first ever to be processed at the new facility, which, when complete, will then handle all domestic departures and arrivals but also a number of regional and international flights, details of which are not available at this stage.

The number of flights will be progressively increased until all operational issues have been resolved and all systems been cleared for a full scale opening.

(Pictures courtesy of Kenya Airport Authority)

After the new terminal has been opened, estimated to take a few more weeks, will the present domestic terminal, previously known as Unit 3 and more recently renamed into Terminal 1 D, be closed to make space for a complete refurbishment, modernization and expansion, alongside Terminal 1 B and 1 C, which presently handle international departure for all airlines other than Kenya Airways and their SkyTeam partners, which now operate from the brand new Terminal 1 A.

The new Terminal 2 will bridge the capacity gap at JKIA until the new ‘Greenfield’ project has been completed, estimated to be in the 2018/19 time frame, which construction is slowly going underway, starting with the addition of a second runway.